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High Warlock of Sass – 15+ times Magnus made us laugh

High Warlock of Sass – 15+ times Magnus made us laugh

Magnus Bane has been through so much and never lost his sense of humor. In fact, it is quite the opposite – he is one of the most cheerful characters on the show, even though he has lived through centuries of war and misery. None of this would have been possible without a big amount of sarcasm. His snarky comments have made us laugh so often that we suppose it’s only fair to put the spotlight on some of our favorites.

When he knew Malec was endgame before everyone else (and had a blast teasing Alec about it)

1x04: “Pretty boy. Get your team ready.”

The world is round, 1+1 equals 2, and Alec and Magnus are perfect for each other. Simple as that. By now, even people who don’t watch the show know this – and Magnus did from the very start. He was in too deep for Alec from the moment they met – at least that is the only explanation we have for the entire “pretty boy” confusion in episode 1x04. That, and maybe Magnus having some fun offending Jace along the way. The Herondale ego is probably still licking its wounds.

1x05: “Playing hard to get. I love a challenge.”

Unfortunately, Magnus’ advances at winning Alec over were rejected by their target, no matter what Magnus tried. Not even calling Alec and unceremoniously asking him out on a date seemed to convince our (previously) stone cold Shadowhunter. At least the tiny little smirk at the end of their phone call, when Magnus hangs up and says “I love a challenge” did the trick for most of the fandom. We will leave it to Magnus Bane to get rejected and still react so fabulously nonchalant to it. But then again, when is Magnus not fabulous?

1x08: “Speaking of which, how is Alexander?”

Magnus Bane is probably also the only person on this planet who can smoothly turn an autopsy into a conversation about the gift preferences of his future boyfriend - without even batting an eye. And land the smoothest comeback in the history of comebacks while he’s at it – cue “I wanna get my hands on that thing.” – “Speaking of which, how is Alexander?”
The time when Alec was determined to marry a woman in order to save his family’s reputation sure was one of the darkest the Malec fandom ever had to go through. But at least Magnus made sure we had a couple of good laughs here and there.

When he was one of the most powerful warlocks alive and he knew it

1x12: “Why is Ragnor Fell up there? He’s not more powerful than I am.”

Magnus may be one of the sweetest, most caring people on the show most of the time – but he certainly does not like it when people deem other warlocks more powerful than himself. Especially not when those other warlocks are among his closest friends. Such as Ragnor Fell, who as Hodge found out, once made the potion that put Jocelyn in a magically induced coma.
Magnus getting offended when Hodge proposed searching for Ragnor was one of our highlights of that episode. The both of them interacting was fun to witness - it was such a shame that Ragnor died right after we met him. Seeing Magnus bicker some more with his old British friend would have been so much fun.

2x13: “My powers are vastly beyond your imagination. And I saw you crossing the street outside.”

There’s this saying that light can be found even in the darkest moments – well, the same applies to funny Magnus moments and emotional Shadowhunters episodes. In this particular case, the previous episodes had been so tough for Magnus that we loved to see him loosen up and joke around when Dot came over – even if it is just pretend and to keep up the façade. However, what was certainly not just pretend was that epic dance battle that came after that conversation – if any of the Shadowhunters showrunners ever read this, can we have more scenes like that please?

When he roasted the Clave in front of everyone... several times.

1x11: “The law is the law”

Some Shadowhunters may like to deny this but let’s face it: the Clave is as far from a transparent organization as you can get, and then some. Those prejudiced Shadowhunters seeing themselves as the rulers of the entire Shadow World is nothing but unfair at times, and the Downworlders have every reason to be mad at them. And Magnus certainly is. However, with Magnus being Magnus, he decided to express his anger the classy way and throw the Clave’s dusty old motto right into their – well, Alec’s – face. Listening to him going on and on about the flaws of the Nephilim was music to our ears. Apart from that, this moment served as an intro for another one of our favorites: The “I’ll do you pro bono” line. It certainly doesn’t get better than a sassy and flirty Magnus, right?

1x11: “Put the cup on trial!”

Admittedly, this is more of an angry Magnus moment than a sassy one, but it had us smirking nonetheless. During Izzy’s trial in season one, when everyone was oh-so-serious about convicting her for treason, Magnus couldn’t save the day but he at least made being at the trial worth the while. Magnus may not be a trained attorney (Actually, he just might be. Who knows what he was up to during the past 400+ years?), but that didn’t keep him from going up there and owning the moment. It was so much fun to watch him confront the Inquisitor about her own close-mindedness. Also, we now know exactly who we need to call if we ever get into a law dispute with a bunch of prejudiced Shadowhunters.

2x01: “The Clave being unhelpful… who’s shocked, show of hands?”

Another episode, another Lightwood sibling in trouble – what else is new? Well, pretty much only that this time, Magnus is part of the task force trying to find Jace.
Other than that, it is pretty much business as usual – things at the Institute are tense, Alec is worried, and the current Head of the Institute, in this case Lydia Branwell, is not really helping. Add that to the Clave not cooperating with the New York Institute in the search of Jace, and you got yourself a perfect opportunity for Magnus Bane to drop one of his snarky comments.
In hindsight, mocking the Clave in front of his boyfriend – who was working towards taking a lead position in that very same organization – might not have been the best idea. It only added to the tension between Alec and him. But it also contributed to us getting that beautiful makeup scene at the end of the episode. So, as Magnus would say: it’s quite alright.

When he just had enough of Shadowhunter stupidity

2x03: “Oh, Clary is back. We can all go home now.”

Again, this is a moment originating more from anger than joy, but it was, however, still funny. For one, because Magnus was so gloriously sarcastic, but also because he was 100% right. This might be slightly biased as the author of this article was never really a fan of Jocelyn (and had a blast watching first Alec and then Magnus give her a piece of their mind) – but it was funny anyway.
We have to admit that Jocelyn had good intentions, but as it seems to be standard in the Fray family, the best intentions lead to the absolute worst ideas. Someone confronting Jocelyn about the consequences of her poor decisions was long overdue. And that Magnus did all of it with his usual class (and then slammed the door shut right in front of her face), was just the cherry on top. Touché, Mr. Bane.

1x07: “It would be like Beyoncé riding on a dinosaur through Times Square. People would notice.”

It’s rare that we see Magnus being really sarcastic on the show. But when he is, his comments are on point. Like that one time Luke was injured and Clary panicked about being unable to locate the Mortal Cup. And the setting made it even funnier: How he was just casually relaxing on his living room couch, not at all worried by what was happening, and only got up to deliver that snarky, yet so fitting reference to modern-day pop culture. Priceless.

1x12: “Oh it’s happy hour somewhere, my dear.”

Granted, Magnus had every reason to be salty in episode 1x12: The Clave was in need of his powers once again, he got called to the Institute at 9am and, oh yeah, the guy he was in love with was getting married to someone else. Good thing he has always had a soft spot for Clary Fray – she is probably the only person who can question Magnus’ craving for alcohol at 9am and get away with it. And even better that the episode ended on such a good note for Magnus – who knows what a drinks-deprived, grieving and heartbroken High Warlock of Awesome might have been capable of?

When he was done watching his kids act like...well, kids.

2x02: “Honestly, it’s time to man up.”

To be honest, this paragraph is just an excuse to include Simon and Magnus’ trip to India somewhere in this article. The two of them searching for Camille was so unique and amusing, and we could probably write an entire article about the blast we had watching these scenes. What happened in Camille’s home in Agra was easily one of the comedic highlights of season 2 (not that there are that many to choose from). From Simon wandering the endless halls of Camille’s winter residence, over Magnus casually stealing his stuff back and him cooing at a vicious cobra as if it were a cute little puppy - this episode included unusually many reasons to laugh. One of our favorite things was still a bit of a more serious one: when Magnus gave Simon a little pep talk to stop him from freaking out about Camille. In hindsight, it was more of a shovel talk than a pep talk, but all that matters is that it worked...well, kind of.

2x14: “I applaud Mr. Lightwood for his progressive thinking” – “Cause you’re totally unbiased.”

As Magnus said himself, many of his downworlder friends are like his own children to him. Unfortunately for him, they sometimes like to behave just like that – even though they are immortal and hundreds of years old. And just like any other parent on this planet, Magnus does not like to see that happen. Even more so when it’s in front of other people. But since Magnus is a warlock with class, he won’t shout at his kids but goes for a more subtle way of scolding them – in this case, through a very pointed look. What a shame we couldn’t listen in to that silent conversation Magnus and Raphael had at the Downworld cabinet meeting – we sure would have loved to hear the Magnus Bane Downworld version of “Watch your tone, young man!”

2x08: “This is an elegant affair. Not an episode of ‘The Real Housewives of Idris’.”

Magnus’ opinion of the Clave might not be too good but there is one Shadowhunter (besides Alec) that has always been his weakness: Clary Fray. He’s seen her grow up, has grown very fond of her along the way, and can hardly say no to anything she proposes. And, let’s be real, he has a heart of gold. Hence why he doesn’t unceremoniously kick her out the second she starts throwing a tantrum at Max’s rune party. Instead, he tries to calm her down and investigate what happened. Though, he is still Magnus Bane and does not like to have his parties disturbed like that – so that tiny bit of sarcasm is just fine, we suppose. Even if it’s Clary.

And let’s face it… when he just enjoyed being a bit of a drama queen.

2x13: “I wouldn’t want to be overdramatic.”

Another perfect example of the “good intentions that create bad ideas” pattern we’ve gotten to know so well in season 2A. Alec shows up at Magnus’ apartment, his only plan being to clear Magnus of any future allegations the Clave might come up with and asks him for a strand of hair. And Magnus does not react well to it – at all. And he’s right to. We loved how his voice dripped of sarcasm when he told Alec that he wouldn’t want to cause extra drama, his cold look while he pulls out that single strand of hair. All that would have been missing was small orchestra playing a sad music in the background. Frankly, Magnus kicking Alec out a few seconds later was not really one of our favorites, but since they made up at the end of the episode and this proved to be only a bump in the road, we’re fine with it.

2x20: “Duh.”

If Magnus premiered his drama queen qualities in episode 2x15, the season finale was where he really showed what he could do. He obviously had every right to be mad at Alec, but there was no way we could have hold back our laughter at Magnus’ reaction when Alec came to ask him for help. Cold shoulder would be the understatement of the year - and although watching that scene hurt our Malec shipping hearts like crazy, we also couldn’t help but find it funny. How Magnus just turned to look right and left before even acknowledging Alec was there, how he let him know without words that he would prefer being literally anywhere but with Alec that moment - and, the cherry on top, his reaction to Alec saying that they needed a warlock to keep the demons at bay: “Duh.”
Well played, Harry. Well played.


Journalism student with a soft spot for fantasy novels and dark chocolate. I’ve always loved to write and hope to make a living from it one day. On ShumDario News, I write articles for the website and help with updating and projects.

All black no more: Peeking into Alec Lightwood’s wardrobe

All black no more: Peeking into Alec Lightwood’s wardrobe

Last week we presented you our favorite looks from the fabulous wardrobe of Magnus Bane. You guys loved this article and asked for more - well, your wish is our command. This week, it’s Alec’s turn.

Alexander Lightwood may be dating the High Warlock of Brooklyn, but his own clothes do certainly not compare to his boyfriend’s vastly diverse wardrobe. Our dear Head of the Institute likes to keep his choice of clothing more... simple. However, Alec has made a lot of progress and upgraded his style over the past two seasons. Some of those changes were quite obvious, others more subtle.

Generally, Alec’s clothes are very practical. Since he’s a Shadowhunter who’s out battling demons a lot, he needs clothes that are comfortable and don’t hinder him in his work. He is always running, fighting and moving his arms, so he needs clothes that will not tear at the slightest strain - which is why we see him in a lot of leather and denim. Both fabrics fit Alec’s job quite well, especially denim clothing has a long history of being worn by people who work hard and need sturdy apparel. Created in the late 1800s, it was typically worn by workers, before the movie industry discovered it and famous actors like James Dean, Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley turned it into an everyday piece of clothing.

Season 1: The Emo phase

Alec’s style in season 1 can be described pretty easily: black.

In the first season, we see Alec mostly in his fighter/soldier mode and respective attire. Hence the dark colors, they make hiding blood and dirt stains a lot simpler.

Alec wears a lot of jackets, both for going hunting and in his everyday life. The hunting jackets are very practical, they have lots of pockets and a little plastic buckle on the shoulder which Alec probably uses to hold his bow or other fighting gear in place. He has two of those - one appears in 1x01 during his very first scene on the show, and the other one in episode 1x05, when Clary sneaks out of the Institute and Alec has to go find her. Alec’s everyday jackets are more fashionable and less functional, and they don’t have any kind of “extras” like the ones he wears for hunting.

When he’s at the Institute, we mostly see him wearing basic black t-shirts and jeans, which get replaced by sweatpants and hoodies when he’s working out. The only occasion we see Alec dressing more formal is when he has to deal with his bosses - his parents or Lydia. That’s when he goes for something more sophisticated and colorful, maybe a dark shirt when he’s feeling rebellious.

Alec likes to keep his style simple, even when he goes to parties (which, let’s be honest, doesn’t happen too often anyway, so why change his attire). In episode 1x04 we see him wearing a denim shirt for the downworld party at Pandemonium, which marks one of the very few times he chooses something out of the grayscale. It’s not until 8 episodes later, in 1x12, that he wears something colorful again: according to an old tradition, Shadowhunters are to wear gold on their wedding day. Matching to Lydia’s gorgeous gown, Alec goes for a gold jacket over a white shirt, black dress pants and a black bow-tie. Those colors are still very subtle and not flashy at all, but considering what Alec usually wears, it is easily the most colorful outfit in all of season 1.

Well, that is if you don’t count AU!Alec from episode 1x10 - which is probably better not to do, since AU!Alec would be downright offended about these plain outfit choices anyway.

Season 2: Alec, meet Color.

In season 2, Alec goes through a lot of character development. He takes on new responsibilities, finally lets himself be happy and opens up to other people, especially Magnus. The Shadowhunters costume department did a great job including all of those changes into his wardrobe. One of the most prominent changes: Alec gets to wear more colors.

We first get to see that in the season premiere, when Alec wears a new bomber jacket and a dark red shirt. Dark red instead of black, everyone - we’re talking serious progress here. But it gets even better. In episode 2x02, when Jace is missing, Alec wears the bomber jacket together with a dark blue shirt and - brace yourselves - pants that are not black. Instead they are a nice army green, which we see Alec wearing a lot this season, mostly in the form of sweaters. We will probably never know if Alec’s preference for this certain shade of green is just a coincidence or has anything to do with the color suiting his eyes perfectly. But we certainly like to think it’s the latter.

However, Alec’s wardrobe is not the only thing that got upgraded due to a new season with bigger budget. Season 2 of also introduced the fans to thigh holsters, where the Shadowhunters now keep their weapons in. The introduction of those made Alec’s modified hunting jackets kinda obsolete, which is why he doesn’t wear them anymore.

Apart from that, season 2 also has a severe lack of “I’m gonna wear black until they invent a darker color” emo Alec. We only get to catch up with him once, when he wears an all black suit, shirt and tie combo for Max’s rune ceremony. Seems like there are some old Shadowhunter customs he can’t shake off that easily, no matter how hard he tries. Good thing it doesn’t really matter in this case, since that suit looked really good anyway.

One of the biggest changes in the second season for Alec is his new job as Head of the Institute. After Jace appoints the position to him in episode 2x13, we see him dressing in a more professional way. For official occasions like the downworld cabinet meetings, he goes for nice shirts and blazers, and generally dresses a bit fancier when he’s around the Institute. It seems he’s really trying to look the part of Head of the Institute and we like to think that AU!Alec would approve of that development. Looking good, Mr Lightwood!

Season 3: Influenced by Magnus Bane

The third season of “Shadowhunters” has been in production for a while now but thanks to Matt being Matt, seemingly hiding away in his trailer whenever there’s a BTS camera around, we’ve gotten very little photos of Alec so far.

From what we have seen, we gathered that Alec is still on the “casual chic” vibe from season 2. He’s slowly adding color to his wardrobe while keeping the comfortable, yet professional look from season 2 upright. Thanks to Harry Shum Jr’s Tuesday takeover (x) we also know that we will see Alec wearing a gorgeous purple shirt with a gray pattern at some point.

Neither purple nor patterns are something Alec has worn very often before, except for his party suit in 2x08, so it seems like Magnus finally took his boyfriend shopping.

AU!Alec certainly approves. Scratch that - he is smiling.


Journalism student with a soft spot for fantasy novels and dark chocolate. I’ve always loved to write and hope to make a living from it one day. On ShumDario News, I write articles for the website and help with updating and projects.

A closer look at Magnus’ wardrobe (10 times he aced the fashion game).

A closer look at Magnus’ wardrobe (10 times he aced the fashion game).

Magnus Bane can be described as many things: powerful, compassionate, kind-hearted, badass. Apart from that, he is clearly the best-dressed character on the show. SDN took a closer look at the many different styles Magnus has worn in the past two seasons, and eyed up some of our favorites.

Magnus has lived through more centuries than he likes to admit and has seen even more fashion trends come and go during that time. The costume designers on the show have made use of that fact several times during the past two seasons and included elements from many different eras into Magnus’ wardrobe. What’s also very interesting about Magnus’ style is that he seems to express himself through his wardrobe - and quite literally wears his heart on his sleeve more often than not.

With the help of our graphic designer and very own fashion expert Isabela, we took a trip down memory lane and examined some of the best creations worn by the High Warlock of Brooklyn.

1x01: Party at Pandemonium

If Magnus knows one thing, it’s how to make a first impression. This was the outfit he wore during his very first appearance on the show and saying he owned the moment would be the understatement of the century. The combination of suit jacket, half unbuttoned shirt and necklaces radiates confidence. As with many of Magnus’ outfits, there seems to be a hidden message in this supposedly random mixture of styles and patterns. The rough, almost reptile pattern of his pants poses a stark contrast to the soft shirt and the chains on his belt and jacket. The open buttons of that shirt could be interpreted as Magnus being open to new experiences and acquaintances, while his bare chest underneath shows some kind of vulnerability. At the same time, the chains around his neck represent that something is holding him back from becoming the open-hearted man we see him evolving into as the show progresses.

2x02: Black and white to travel the world

We first got to see this beauty of a shirt in episode 2x02, when Magnus and Simon travelled to India in order to find Camille and turn her in to the Clave - also known as the episode, where we learned that we probably don’t want to be on Magnus’ christmas gift list.

It’s a pretty casual outfit for Magnus, less elaborate than we are used to, but still very stylish. We are in love with the light fabric and the nice black and white pattern. Once Magnus arrives in India, we see him wear a matching jacket as well, which seems to be inspired by the so-called “justacorps” coats, a knee-length piece worn by men in the late 1700s. The high collar and the many buttons along the seams resemble those jackets quite a lot. Add a few necklaces and subtle eyeliner to that and you got yourself a toned down, yet very classy Magnus Bane look.

1x12: Army colors to fight for his love

In episode 12 of season 1, Magnus goes on a “business trip” with Clary and Jace in order to find his old friend Ragnor Fell. For this occasion he chooses a military green jacket alongside black pants, boots, gloves and a matching shirt. The green jacket was inspired by reefer jackets, which were popular in the late 1900s but ultimately have a much longer history. Originally worn by officers of the European and US navy, the reefer jacket was considered an outside type of coat until it eventually became very popular for business looks.

There are two possible interpretations for this particular choice of jacket: The first one would be a little act of rebellion, as Magnus didn’t approve at all of Alec’s engagement to Lydia. Showing up at the Institute dressed in something that was once considered unprofessional might be his own way of expressing that disapproval. On the other hand, the green jacket might also be an attempt of looking bold and detached - even though he clearly loosened his attire up a bit by adding the chains and spikes to the plain green jacket. Despite all his personal ties to Clary, her friends and the emotional turmoil they might be causing him, Magnus came to the Institute to do business, after all.

Obviously we like the first explanation better, which is partly due to a little detail we have left out so far: the color of the jacket. It’s a military green, commonly used for uniforms worn by people who were going into battle for something they believed to be right. And we sure love the idea that Magnus picked this particular color since he was also getting ready to fight - for Alec.

1x12: Epic outfits for epic moments

For one of the most memorable moments on the show so far, Magnus picked a suit with black pants, a shirt of the same color and a burgundy jacket made of velvet. While the suit per se is a classic cut and one of the most common types of suits, it’s the jacket that catches all the attention and brings the unique “Magnus factor” to this outfit. For the second time in episode 1x12, Magnus’ choice of color says a lot about how he feels. Burgundy can be associated with sophistication, power and ambition, which fits to the confident, powerful entrance he made in the middle of the ceremony. Apart from that, burgundy is also on the red color scheme, which is generally associated with passion and adrenaline, two emotions that describe the entire wedding scene oh so perfectly.

1x07: Gorgeous in gold

This outfit was worn during another two pretty significant episodes for Alec and Magnus: 1x06 and 1x07, when Alec stayed overnight after Magnus had exhausted himself too much trying to heal Luke. It seems that before the shadowhunters arrived and all hell broke loose, it was a pretty chill day at the Bane household - both the pants and the shirt seem to be made of very light, comfortable fabric, which is a perfect choice for just staying in and taking some time off.

The biggest eye catcher with this outfit is certainly the burgundy shirt with its intricate gold details. While it is really hard to tell what those details are made of, we narrowed it down to two possibilities. It could be either devoré, which is a French technique that uses chemicals in order to burn parts of the fabric to create patterns, or some kind of embroidery. Magnus combined the outfit with gold eyeliner, highlights in the same color and matching jewelry. Gold is usually associated with luxury and richness, but also with knowledge and light. Both interpretations suit the circumstances the outfit was seen in, as Magnus has both the skills to save Luke and to enlighten Clary about her family. And let’s face it - after hundreds of years on earth, he’s probably super rich as well.

2x20: High fashion upgraded

As much history as Magnus’ outfits may have sometimes, for the season finale, the costume designers went for something more recent. The gray jacket he wears while hunting down the dragon demons alongside Alec and Isabelle is from a recent John Varvatos collection. In order to fit Magnus’ taste, the jacket has been altered a bit and got new buttons and a few more details on the shoulders in order to give the jacket a tad of an army look. By the way, did we mention that we love the idea of Magnus altering his clothes as soon as he doesn’t like them anymore?

Due to the season 2 finale being such a fast, exciting episode, it was difficult to get a good look at Magnus’ outfit altogether. But the jacket in combination with the dark shirt and the layers gave us some serious 1700s vibes, and we are so here for it.

1x11: Chalk stripes for defending Izzy

In episode 1x11, Magnus was Izzy’s defense attorney when the Clave accused her of treason for saving Meliorn from the City of Bones. For that occasion, Magnus put on another one of his professional outfits: a well-cut, classic chalk stripe suit. Historically, this particular suit model was highly popular with businessmen and gangsters from the 1920 to 1940s. On the show, Magnus put it on to make the impression of a competent attorney who knows what he’s doing (not that we would ever doubt that) and maybe also to intimidate the Clave representatives along the way. And even though he ended up losing the case, as Izzy said - at least he lost it with style.

2x09: Stylish by the light of dawn

In the two-part winter finale of season 2, Magnus stunned with a combination of one of his signature band collar shirts and a black vest. The outfit got introduced to us in one of the first scenes of episode 2x09, where Alec and Magnus talk on the balcony of the loft (Remember the “They are not all your responsibility” - “But you are” dialogue? Yeah, that scene). Again, Magnus is not afraid to mix various patterns and combines a striped vest with a dotted shirt. The band collar of the shirt reminds us a bit of the Victorian style shirts worn by men in the 1800s. Another highlight is the subtle black handkerchief - a nice, formal contrast to the otherwise very fun and modern look. Definitely one of our favorites of season 2A.

2x15: Textile armor

2x15 was easily one of the most emotional episodes so far, especially for Magnus. We got to a deep look into his past and have yet to see him more vulnerable as we do in this episode. He has a lot of different emotions going through him, which he once again represents through his choice of clothes. The way his shirt is buttoned up all the way to the top can be interpreted as Magnus closing himself off to people as a consequence from the traumatic experiences he suffered through at the beginning of season 2B. If you pay attention to the previous episodes, Magnus doesn’t cover himself up that much prior to the body swap in episode 2x10. The first time we see him back with loose, open shirts is in 2x17, which is after he talked with Alec about his past. It seems like that conversation brought him some sort of closure for what he had to endure and helped him get back to his normal self. The white streak in his hair also points towards that theory, as the color is normally associated with cleanliness, so it might have been a way for Magnus to clear his mind of the bad memories from his past.

2x18: Purple and painful

Episode 2x18 continued the heavy, emotional theme that started in 2x15, which is also represented in Magnus’ outfit. Compared to 2x15, this episode is even more difficult on an emotional level, since it takes place right in the aftermath of his fight with Alec, Max being so terribly injured and all the flashbacks to when Alec and him were a lot happier and more carefree. On top of that, there’s the ever lurking threat of Valentine and Jonathan eradicating the entire downworld. It’s only understandable that Magnus tries to shield himself from all of this. The many layers used for this outfit - the shirt, the vest, the scarf and the heavy black jacket can be interpreted as a step in that direction. The dark purple that can be found in all of the pieces is associated with sadness and frustration, which is a perfect summary of Magnus’ emotions during that episode. Also, we know that Magnus likes to hide his emotions behind fancy clothes whenever they are getting too much to bear. This purple ensemble can be considered as an attempt to do just that, which makes it certainly more painful to look at, but no less beautiful.


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The Shadowhunters Tuesday takeovers in a nutshell!

The Shadowhunters Tuesday takeovers in a nutshell!

After months of radio silence and little to no behind the scenes material, the Shadowhunters Tuesday Takeovers have returned. And while the fandom couldn’t be happier about that, not everyone can keep up with what happens during the takeovers at all times. But don’t worry if you can’t - SDN got you covered.

Starting this week, we will keep track of the takeovers and keep an eye out for any relevant season three information and put it into this article. The article will be updated after each takeover, so make sure to stop by every now and then in order to not miss anything.


September 26th, 2017: #EmeraudeTakeover
The first one to take over the Shadowhunters’ social media accounts was Emeraude Toubia - who plays Isabelle Lightwood. While filming in downtown Toronto, Emeraude took some time off her lunch break to talk to the fans via Facebook live chat.
Here is what she revealed about season three:

Plenty of Malec
Isabelle will have a lot of scenes with both Alec and Magnus. While the Lightwood siblings getting screen time together might not be a big surprise, we certainly loved that Izzy and Magnus are going to get more bonding time. Alec and Magnus are going to have a lot of scenes as well, according to Emeraude “they are going to be everywhere”. We can’t say we have a problem with that.

Exciting new characters
Season three will bring on a couple of new characters, and while we already know from the season two finale that one of them is going to be Lilith, most of the others are still unknown. Emeraude teased the casting announcements were going to blow the fans away and mentioned during her takeover, that an important new season three character had their first day of filming.

Shadowhunters at NYCC
Just before the end of her live chat, she answered a question about New York Comic Con, more particularly about who will attend the panel. Emeraude wasn’t sure yet, only revealed that not the entire cast would make it since some had to stay in Toronto to keep working on season three. By now, the participants have been revealed: Katherine McNamara (Clary Fray), Isaiah Mustafa (Luke Garroway), Alisha Wainwright (Maia Roberts) and Matthew Daddario (Alec Lightwood) are going to be there alongside producers Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin and Matt Hastings. Let’s hope for some good season three spoilers.

The Shadowhunters NYCC panel is scheduled for Saturday, October 7th at 12 pm ET (6PM European Central Time) at Madison Square Garden. SDN will be covering the event.


October 4th, 2017: #AlbertoTakeover
The second week of the takeovers was all about our dear Simon Lewis, played by Alberto Rosende. Alberto kept the fandom entertained with lots of pictures from set, and sat down for a 25-minute live chat where he revealed quite a few details about what we can expect for the new season.

Trouble ahead
Regarding what the fans can expect for season three, Alberto teased that with Shadowhunters, things always get worse before they get better. He said that in his eyes, season three was going to be a lot scarier than season one and two, with more heartbreak and problems that are going to test the characters time and time again. Addressing Simon’s arc in particular, Alberto said that there was a lot of change ahead for him in terms of places and people, which might be tough at first, but would eventually help him grow as a person.

New music by Simon
What we already learned in the first two seasons, is that not only is Simon an NYU student and the dorkiest vampire ever, but also a talented musician. We already got to hear Alberto’s beautiful singing voice twice last season: first when Simon played “Fragile World” during his gig at the Hunter’s Moon in 2x13 and then again in 2x17, when Maia walks in on Simon playing “Royal Blue” on his guitar and they both decide to take things slow in their relationship. Alberto revealed that those two songs were not the last ones we are going to hear and that he was actually recording a new single the day of his takeover.

Rough times for vampires
Raphael and Simon’s relationship has had its fair share of ups and downs ever since they met and that is not going to change that fast. Regarding the development of those two fan favorites, Alberto said that it was very difficult. With Raphael being busy leading the New York vampire clan and Simon not always understanding how taxing that task is, there’s lots of material for more conflicts ahead. Alberto had a lot of praise for David Castro, saying that he’d killed his scenes in 3x04. If that meant that there are going to be a few major Raphael moments in the new season, we are so here for it.


October 10th, 2017: #HarryTakeover
The Tuesday after New York Comic Con, it was time for everyone’s favorite warlock to take over the Shadowhunters’ social medias. Harry Shum Jr started his takeover right after he came off a night shoot for 3x05 and took us on a little tour around the outside area of the Shadowhunters set in Toronto.

After spending the first couple of minutes of his takeover musing about possible names if there ever was a Shadowhunters theme park (our personal favorite was “Chairman Meow’s Haven“, if we’re honest), Harry revealed that shooting of season 3A is halfway done.
Unfortunately, he didn’t reveal a lot of details about the third season, just that there are plenty of emotional scenes waiting for us: funny and dramatic ones, but also some that are going to make us cry.

What Harry could offer, however, was a little preview into Magnus’ arc this upcoming season. He said that we will see Magnus evolving as a character and also get a deeper glimpse into his past. This fits pretty well with the rumor that Magnus’ father Asmodeus will make an appearance this season, as well as the already confirmed guest starring of Javier Muñoz as Magnus’ old enemy Lorenzo Rey.

Introducing The Shirt™ (x)
Since Harry’s live chat happened right at the beginning of his takeover, he took the rest of the day to treat us to some insights on set life via instagram, such as a quick walk through Magnus’ new study, which was unfortunately just too quick to really see anything.

After that, we got a glimpse at the new, fancier version of Alec that Matt teased at NYCC last weekend in the form of several pictures of him in a dark shirt we had never seen before. While we here at SDN may still be unsure about whether that shirt was black, blue or purple, we all very much agree that it looked absolutely glorious. The Shadowhunters’ costume department sure know how to upgrade someone’s wardrobe. And how to kill the entire SDN team in the process. But that’s a story for another time.


October 17th, 2017: #AlishaTakeover
This week it was Alisha Wainwright’s takeover, whom we all know as sassy bartender and badass werewolf Maia Roberts. Alisha started her takeover with a selfie from the gym, later on we got to catch up with her while she was getting her hair and makeup done. Her live chat didn’t happen until she was done filming, but it had a special guest: Alberto Rosende - who had his takeover two weeks ago - stopped by for the last couple of minutes.

Unfortunately, Alisha couldn’t talk much about the new season, but she did drop a few hints here and there. One of them was the fact that she was filming with Alberto on Tuesday, so more Maia/Simon scenes are coming our way. Although being the most “mundane” couple in Alisha’s eyes, she teased that those two are in for some trouble this season, and that “all we can hope for is that their happiness continues”. Seems like there are rough times ahead for Simon and Maia.

More werewolf scenes and backstories
Times might be less tough for Izzy and Maia as those two might get to know each other better in season three. Alisha kept her answer very vague when a fan asked about Maia and Izzy, but from what we gathered, these two are going to get some more screen time, as well as Maia and some other shadowhunters that have yet to be determined. Hence why the Izzy/Maia scenes remain unverified info.

Luckily there was also something Alisha could already confirm: Season three is going to dive deeper into the world of the werewolves. She said that there would be plenty of werewolf backstory, and that the scenes were going to be “wonderful”. With now two main characters who are werewolfs, we guess it is safe to say that those scenes were long overdue. We can’t wait to see them.


October 24th, 2017: #DomTakeover
After three Downworlders in a row, it was time for another Nephilim to wreak some havoc on the official Shadowhunters channels. Dominic Sherwood, also known as our male lead Jace Herondale, started his takeover right after he woke up. He kept the fandom updated with a couple of Instagram posts throughout the day and squeezed in his Facebook live between filming a scene with Matthew Daddario, who stopped by to say hi to the fans (link to video!), and a night shoot with Alexandra Ordolis, who plays Luke’s partner Ollie.

Parabatrouble ahead
Unfortunately, Dom was told not to give the fans any spoilers but still he managed to tell quite a few interesting things. Such as a teaser on where the parabatai relationship of Jace and Alec is headed. Long story short: there are rough times waiting for them, that much is for certain. However, Dom said that at the end of the day, the parabatai bond is where both Jace and Alec pull a lot of strength from, especially when times get really dark for either of them.

It seems like there will be plenty of opportunities to prove that statement. Dom predicted a turbulent ride for both his character and the Lightwood siblings. He said that he’s soon going to film some very emotionally taxing scenes with Matt and Emeraude. Apart from that, we’re going to get to know the Lightwoods better as season three is going to dive deeper into their backstories, including lots of parabatai scenes and more focus on Jace and Izzy’s relationship. To complete the Lightwood family stories, Maryse is making a comeback and also has a few scenes with Jace. Same goes for Magnus Bane, even though he does not bear the Lightwood name... yet! 🙂

Rough times for Jace and Clary
In terms of Clace, the news Dom had to offer were altogether not too good. He teased that both Clary and Jace are in a “very tough emotional space this season. Nobody is ever really happy for a long time on this show.” Considering this statement and Jace’s last scene in the season 2 finale, it seems like Clace fans will have to buckle up and get ready for a turbulent ride.


October 31st, 2017: #KatTakeover
Last Tuesday was Halloween and the day of Katherine McNamara’s takeover. Kat took her job very seriously and turned her takeover into a truly “spooktacular” experience. Not only did she wear cute cat ears for a while but she also provided the fans with lots of Halloween puns and jokes. One of our favorites: “What do you call a haunted chicken? - A poultergeist!”. Get it?

Always trouble with those Lightwood siblings
Kat’s first attempt at going live was cut short due to technical issues but when she came back online a short while later, she shared some pretty interesting teasers with us.

For example, a hint as to where Clary and Jace are headed this season. Kat said that things do get better for them but only temporary. While this sure sounds bleak, it doesn’t really come as a surprise - when do things ever go as planned on this show?

Even less of a stunner is the next S3 fact: Jace is not going to remain the only Lightwood sibling Clary will have trouble with. Alec and Clary have always had a rocky relationship and even though they made some progress over season 2, the term of friendship is not going to apply to them just yet. Kat said that even though Alec and Clary have a lot of scenes together, fans should not expect them to be all too harmonic: “You know Alec and Clary, they don’t necessarily get along.”

Back to the roots and off to foreign places
All the way back in the pilot episode, we got introduced to Clary as a young artist with big aspirations. A lot has happened since then - lots of things that made Clary put her art dreams on hold. In the new season we will finally see Clary drawing something other than runes again. According to Kat, it’s a way for her to ground herself, something that doesn’t have anything to do with the Shadow World for once. Considering everything Clary has had to deal with since that fateful night at Pandemonium, she certainly deserves this break from her everyday life.

Clary might also get to revisit Alicante. This is not really confirmed information, but judging from Kat’s reaction when a fan asked her about it, another trip to the capital of the Shadowhunters’ home country seems very likely. Let’s just hope that this time around, things go more smoothly than the last time Clary went to Idris.

That is all you need to know - for now. No matter whose takeover is next, there’s a good chance we might get some more season three spoilers - so make sure to catch up with us next week!


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Review – Shadowhunters episode 220 “Beside Still Water”

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There’s two groups of TV show fans: the ones who look forward to the season finale and the ones who dread it. We here at SDN belong to the second group.

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What’s in store for Alec and Magnus in Shadowhunters season 3.

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Production of the third season of Shadowhunters started only a couple of weeks ago, and even though there has been surprisingly little BTS material, there are a few details that slipped through.

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ShumDario News: Weekly Hiatus Program

ShumDario News: Weekly Hiatus Program

Summer is almost over, the worst of the emotional damage caused by the season finale (should have) passed and another hiatus has come upon us. Ahead of us lie five long months without any new Shadowhunters episodes. Sounds pretty bleak, doesn’t it?

Well, here at ShumDario News, we think so too. That’s why we came up with something to make the wait for season 3 a little less terrible.

Starting Monday, we are launching the SDN Weekly Hiatus Program. Basically, that means we will continue our usual coverage, but also have a specific motto for each day of the week where we will post all kinds of extra material matching to that theme.

Here’s how we are planning on the week to be structured:

Monday: video recap with Adam

The first day of the new week will be dedicated to a look back onto the old one. Every #SDNMONDAY, Adam will talk you through what happened the previous week in terms of ShumDario content and recap the week in a 2 minute-video that will be posted on our twitter - @ShumDarioNews. So if you don’t already follow us, you might want to change that 🙂

Tuesday: Malec fanarts

This fandom has so many talented artists and during the hiatus, Tuesdays will be their time to shine. Bring on your best and most beautiful fanarts and edits, we will be quoting our favorites on our twitter account. Make sure you don’t miss any of them by tracking #SDNTUESDAY.

Wednesday: Harry and Matt’s old projects

On Wednesdays, we take a step back into the past and take a look at both Matt’s and Harry’s old projects. Prepare yourselves for GIFs from the best, worst, funniest, most emotional and altogether most memorable moments from the work they did before they got cast as Magnus and Alec. Join us on our walk down memory lane on #SDNWEDNESDAY.

Thursday: Quotes

Over the years, Matt and Harry have done many interviews, been to a couple conventions and posted countless of tweets. In other words: they have given us plenty of material to quote. So get yourself ready, on Thursdays we will provide you with some wisdom - or complete nonsense, depending on what they are saying – powered by Harry and Matt. You can keep track of the quotes on #SDNTHURSDAY.

Friday: ABC

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Alec and Magnus or Harry or Matt? A lot of things, right? We at ShumDario News have the same problem, so we’re trying to sort our thoughts by using the alphabet. Each week we will focus on two letters and post our favorite things about Matt, Harry and their characters starting with that letter. Stay tuned by tracking #SDNFRIDAY.

Saturday: Fanfics

There is so much talent in this fandom, one day per week is most definitely not enough time to cover it all. While Tuesdays are reserved for artists, on Saturdays we will focus on the fandom’s amazing writers. Throughout the day, we will post the SDN team’s favorite Malec fanfics to our twitter – so get comfy, grab your favorite snacks and drinks and maybe have a tissue or two ready. #SDNSATURDAY could be an emotional ride.

Sunday: Malec GIFs

We may focus our work mainly on Matt and Harry – but we just don’t have the heart to leave Magnus and Alec out of this hiatus project. Therefore, Sundays will be reserved for GIFs of our favorite shadowhunter and warlock, both separate and together. Keep track of them on #SDNSUNDAY.


The Italian Institute 2 – Kinetic Vibe (#ITAInstituteCon2)

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After the successful event “The Italian Institute – The First Convention” in Milan earlier this year, the Kinetic Vibe team set out to bring it back for a second edition in 2018.

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Review – Shadowhunters episode 219 “Hail and Farewell”

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After the Malec-heavy goodness that was episode 2×18, things are back to business in the second to last episode of season 2.

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Journalism student with a soft spot for fantasy novels and dark chocolate. I’ve always loved to write and hope to make a living from it one day. On ShumDario News, I write articles for the website and help with updating and projects.